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Aviation Training & Workshops

Requirements, objectives and opportunities for training and workshops are provided here

Forest Health Protection (FHP) routinely provides safety and management training and annual workshops key to risk management, efficiency and quality assurance. Training and workshops target a range of federal and state positions including flight managers, program managers and supervisors of personnel that utilize aircraft. The primary focus of safety training is risk management for aerial application, photography and survey operations. Additionally, various workshops are provided to introduce or update technology, calibrate equipment and personnel, and improve customer service.

Aviation Training Requirements


Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide

FHP IAT Matrix

Supplemental Information

Fixed-Wing Flight Manager Special-Use Task Book

Helicopter Manager – Resource Task Book

Aviation Training


Aviation Safety for FHP Supervisors (See News & Events)

Aerial Application Training (See News & Events)

Pre-season Aerial Survey Workshop

Safety Training References

AS2M Courses

AS2M Course Objective

AS2M Course Subjects

2014 Group Photo Aerial Application Safety for State and Federal Spray Program Managers 2014 - Indiana

2011 Group Photo Aerial Application Safety and Management for Project Personnel 2011 - Indiana

2010 Group Photo Aerial Application Safety for State and Federal Spray Program Managers 2010 - Illinois

2009 Group Photo Aerial Application Safety for State and Federal Spray Program Managers 2009 - Ohio

2008 Group Photo Aerial Application Safety for State and Federal Spray Program Managers 2008 - Michigan

"Teaching is done with excitement and it helps the students to be more motivated."

"This course was good for those of us that have limited experience with flying survey and aviation in general."

"The information is presented in a way that we can see the practical use of applying it in the field."

"The information that was taught is very useful."

"Good amount of breaks."

"I really enjoyed the course and appreciate the quality information."

"This class was a definite eye opener for me. It has made me aware of the many things I can change to make circumstances better."

"Great training, thought provoking discussion."

"One of the best training courses I ever had."

"This dynamic mix definitely makes this course a great one, and well worth the time."

"I feel fortunate to have been able to attend."

"The course really opened my eyes for what my agency needs."

"Thought provoking."

"The course was very informative and enlightening."

"Flying aerial surveys for my organization will never be the same, they will be much better organized and safer."

AS2M Courses

Aerial Survey Aviation Safety and Management Course (AS2M)


March 31-April 2, 2020
Western U.S.
Announcement & Registration Coming Soon

Sponsored by:

Forest Health Protection
State and Private Forestry
USDA Forest Service

For More Information, contact:

Jeff Mai (970-295-5878)
FHP Aviation Safety Manager
2150A Centre Ave., Suite 331
Fort Collins, CO 80526
jeff.mai@usda.gov

Course Objectives


Provide specific aviation safety and management information to people involved in natural resource aerial surveys.

The Aerial Survey Aviation Safety and Management course (AS2M) is designed specifically for aerial survey specialists responsible for conducting such missions as sketch mapping, aerial photography, wildlife census, vegetation survey, and aerial recon in general.

This course meets all Interagency Aviation Training requirements for "Fixed-wing Manager — Special Use."

Course Subjects


AVIATION SAFETY and MANAGEMENT

Airplane/Helicopter Safety, Aircraft Accident Prevention, Annual Mishap and Review, Risk Management, Human Factors, Aviation Mishap Reporting (SAFECOM), Aircraft Crash Survival, Aircraft Instrumentation, Aviation Management Plans, Automated Flight Following (AFF), and Flight Plans, Flight Following and Dispatcher Operations.

CONDUCTING A MISSION

Conducting a Fixed-wing Special Use Mission, Logistics & Cost Effectiveness, Communications & Check-ins (Flight Following), Mission Specific Safety, Crew Resource Management, Airspace Issues, Aviation Chart Reading/Mission Planning, A Survey Pilot's Perspective Aircraft Capabilities and Limitations, Meteorology and Flying Weather, Mountain and Canyon Flying, Aviation Radio Use, and Group Practical Exercises.

AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

Federal Aviation Regulations, Aircraft and Pilot Procurement, Agency Aviation Policy, and Pilot and Aircraft Inspections.

Aerial Survey Pre-season Workshops


R9 - EASTERN REGION

 

R1 - NORTHERN REGION, R2 - ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION, R3 - SOUTHWESTERN REGION AND R4 - INTERMOUNTAIN REGION

 

R6 - PACIFIC NORTHWEST

 

R10 - ALASKA REGION

 

For additional information contact Jeff Mai

Safety Training References


Aviation Safety and Training for Forest Health Protection Employees (PDF 1.2 MB)

Elements of a Project Aviation Safety Plan

AVIATION

U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management

AVIATION TRAINING

Interagency Aviation Training

SafeCom

USFS Aviation Safety